Nov 29 2005
All those who think Mark Warner has a chance in 2008 have to realize he did something today he claimed was wrong all through the campaign for Governor in support of Tim Kaine. Warner voided a death sentence for purely personal political benefit.
Virginia’s governor on Tuesday spared the life of a convicted killer who would have been the 1,000th person executed in the United States since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.
Robin Lovitt’s death sentence was commuted to life in prison without parole a little more than 24 hours before he was to be executed by injection Wednesday night for stabbing a man to death with a pair of scissors during a 1998 pool-hall robbery.
Warner, a Democrat, had never before granted clemency to a death row inmate during his four years in office. During that time, 11 men have been executed. Virginia is one of the most active death-penalty states, having executed 94 people since 1976.
During this year’s campaign the Republican contender, Jerry Kilgore, made a sound argument that anti-death penalty advocate Kaine couldn’t be trusted. That he would always find some reason to void a death penalty verdict. Warner and Kaine came out saying this would never happen. They used Warner as an example. Well, Warner did not want to be the one who allowed death sentence number 1000, some artificial number the media pulled out of the air tracing back to mythically magical year of 1976 – oh yeah, the Year of Jimmy!
The victim and his family were not considered in this decision. There was no proof of remorse or innocence. But Warner wants votes so he played God with our legal system.
Hat Tip Jayson at Polipundit.